Emily Eagen is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, an alum of Macalester College and The University of Madison-Wisconsin, and a former Fulbright scholar to the Hague, the Netherlands. Emily currently lives and works in New York City, where she is doctoral student in the music department of the CUNY Graduate Center and a teaching artist at the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall. In 2015, Emily was part of a national tour with the Bang on a Can All Stars and The SITI Company as part of a production of Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer. Current projects include preparations for the premiere of OTOYOTOY, an immersive opera for children written by Thomas Cabaniss and Zoe Palmer for The Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall.
Emily is a member of The M6, an ensemble dedicated to exploring and performing the works of composer Meredith Monk, and has been a guest performer with the Meredith Monk Ensemble. She toured for several years as singer, whistler, and ukulele player with the LA-based avant-folk trio moira smiley and VOCO, which performs traditional Balkan and American folk music and blends these into original compositions. She also performed with the Hesperus Ensemble, singing Sephardic and renaissance music for a live-film performance of the 1920s horror film The Golem, and as a soloist with the mediterranean medieval ensemble Sendebar. Emily was part of the eight-voice women’s chorus on singer-songwriter Sufjan Steven’s 2010 EP All Delighted People, and received a commission from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute to write a concert of children’s songs, which premiered in 2015 and is schedule to be recorded in early 2017.
A two-time International Whistling Champion, Emily has been known to whistle everything from opera to jazz, and regularly leads workshops in group and solo whistling. In a 2007 Carnegie Hall workshop led by soprano Dawn Upshaw and composer Osvaldo Golijov, Emily premiered The Wane of More, a piece for voice, whistling, and chamber ensemble by composer Gyan Riley. Her whistling has been featured on numerous recordings, was used as live accompaniment to an installation by artist Tony Luensman at the Cincinnati Art Museum for Frank Duveneck’s painting “The Whistling Boy”, and was recently the whistling “voice” of e-bay.
Emily teaches private and group voice lessons in classical, early, contemporary, and traditional American folk genres. She teaches in and around New York City, most regularly at the Jalopy Theatre, as well as at various summer festivals including The Amherst Early Music Festival (CT) and The Augusta Heritage Center (WV). Her work with the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute includes leading workshops and developing materials for the Lullaby Project, where Carnegie teaching artists write lullabies with mothers and mothers-to-be.